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US charges ex-Panama president’s sons with bribery, money laundering

PANAMA CITY – US prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday.

Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, were arrested earlier in the day in Guatemala City as they attempted to board a flight to Panama, and face extradition to the United States, Guatemala’s police said in a statement.

A Martinelli family spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the charges.

But the family said in a statement following the arrest that it was working to ensure the sons have legal assistance in Guatemala and are able to transfer the proceedings to Panama.

Odebrecht has been at the center of a far-reaching Latin American corruption scandal uncovered in 2014, in which the company paid more than $700 million in bribes to government officials in various countries.

The US Department of Justice said in a statement the Martinelli sons are accused of having been intermediaries for the payment of about $28 million in bribes from Odebrecht to a high-ranking Panama official between 2009 and 2014, the period in which their father was in office.

The criminal complaint filed in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on June 27, described the brothers as “close relatives” of the official, without providing further detail.

The complaint also alleges that the pair managed secret bank accounts under shell company names to facilitate payment of the bribes, with many transactions made through US banks.

Former President Martinelli and his successor, Juan Carlos Varela, were last week banned from leaving Panama while under investigation for money laundering in separate corruption cases.

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TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

HONG KONG — TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.

The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter balk at the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.

The social media companies say they are assessing implications of the security law, which prohibits what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive or terrorist activities or as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs. In the communist-ruled mainland, the foreign social media platforms are blocked by China’s “Great Firewall.”

Critics see the law as Beijing’s boldest step yet to erase the legal divide between the former British colony and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system.

TikTok said in a statement that it had decided to halt operations “in light of recent events.”

Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they would freeze the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts.”

Hong Kong was convulsed with massive, sometimes violent anti-government protests for much of last year as the former British colony’s residents reacted to proposed extradition legislation, since withdrawn, that might have led to some suspects facing trial in mainland Chinese courts.

The new law criminalizes some pro-democracy slogans like the widely used “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” which the Hong Kong government says has separatist connotations.

The fear is that it erodes the special freedoms of the semi-autonomous city, which has operated under a “one country, two systems” framework since China took control in 1997. That arrangement has allowed Hong Kong’s people freedoms not permitted in mainland China, such as unrestricted internet access and public dissent.

Telegram, whose platform has been used widely to spread pro-democracy messages and information about the protests, understands “the importance of protecting the right to privacy of our Hong Kong users,” said Mike Ravdonikas, a spokesperson for the company.

“Telegram has never shared any data with the Hong Kong authorities in the past and does not intend to process any data requests related to its Hong Kong users until an international consensus is reached in relation to the ongoing political changes in the city,” he said.

Twitter also paused all data and information requests from Hong Kong authorities after the law went into effect last week, the company said, emphasizing that it was “committed to protecting the people using our service and their freedom of expression.”

“Like many public interest organisations, civil society leaders and entities, and industry peers, we have grave concerns regarding both the developing process and the full intention of this law,” the company said in a statement.

Google likewise said it had “paused production on any new data requests from Hong Kong authorities.”

Though social platforms have yet to be blocked in Hong Kong, users have begun scrubbing their accounts and deleting pro-democracy posts out of fear of retribution. That retreat has extended to the streets: Many shops and stores that publicly stood in solidarity with protesters have removed the pro-democracy sticky notes and artwork that had adorned their walls.

Under implementation rules of Article 43 of the national security law, which give the city’s police force sweeping powers in enforcing the legislation, platforms, publishers and internet service providers may be ordered to take down any electronic message published that is “likely to constitute an offence endangering national security or is likely to cause the occurrence of an offence endangering national security.”

Service providers who do not comply with such requests could face fines of up to 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($12,903) and receive jail terms of up to six months.

Individuals who post such messages may also be asked to remove the message, or face similar fines and a jail term of one year.

Hong Kong authorities moved quickly to implement the law after it took effect on June 30, with police arresting about 370 people.

The rules allow Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam to authorize police to intercept communications and conduct surveillance to “prevent and detect offences endangering national security.”

Police can conduct searches for evidence without a warrant in “exceptional circumstances” and seek warrants requiring people suspected of violating the national security law to surrender their travel documents, preventing them from leaving Hong Kong.

Written notices or restraining orders also may be issued to freeze or confiscate property if there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect that the property is related to an offense endangering national security.

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Brother of Arkansas mayor steals car with two kids inside: cops

The brother of an Arkansas mayor was arrested Monday night for allegedly stealing a car with two children inside, a report said.

Darrell Lamont Scott — brother of Little Rock mayor Frank Scott, Jr. —  hopped into the car as the engine was running in the parking lot outside Baptist Hospital, according to KATV.

“Don’t worry, I’m the mayor’s brother,” Darell, 31, told the children’s parents after grabbing one of the kids’ cell phones to speak to them after the abduction.

Scott is accused of driving with the kids to McCain Mall in North Little Rock, where he was later arrested in the parking lot, the report said.

He was charged with kidnapping and theft of property.

Mayor Scott addressed his sibling’s arrest in a statement posted to Twitter.

“This is an extremely difficult season in the life of my younger brother,” he wrote.

“My family cares deeply about him, and we are seeking medical and professional help as he manages this crisis. My heart goes out to the children who were involved,” his statement said.

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Clarke Schmidt’s ‘swagger’ left quite an impression on J.A. Happ

There could be a scenario where Clarke Schmidt takes over for J.A. Happ in the Yankees’ rotation next year should the veteran lefty starter leave via free agency.

Should that happen the Yankees will be in good hands according to Happ.

“I did see him tonight, I was watching for sure. In spring training it seems like a really nice kid, very confident and I think that shows on the mound. He has that confidence and a little bit of that swagger. You see his stuff and how it plays and we saw that in spring and we saw more of that tonight,’’ Happ said following the Yankees’ first intrasquad game of spring training 2.0 at Yankee Stadium on Monday evening. “I think he definitely has a bright future.’’

Schmidt, the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2017 out of the University of South Carolina who had Tommy John that year and didn’t pitch professionally that season, started against the Yankees’ lineup. Happ started for the Bombers against the Yankees.

With very little chance to crash the Yankees’ rotation in spring training Schmidt impressed and caught the attention of the Yankees and opposing scouting departments. Monday night Clarke opted to focus on a chance instead of his first big league camp ending the way it did on March 12.

“Tonight to being able to have the opportunity to face pretty much the starting lineup for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, I remember looking at the lineup card this afternoon and I was so excited,’’ said Schmidt, who pitched against a lineup that housed Aaron Judge, Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner and Luke Voit. “It was one of those feelings, like, ‘This is awesome.’ There is no better opportunity for me to open guys eyes. Whatever I did in spring training 1 or whatever you want to call it that’s all behind me. If I want to open a door and open somebody’s eyes, tonight was the night to do it. I kind of embraced that moment.’’

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Barring an injury to one of the five starters — and Masahiro Tanaka suffered a concussion this past Saturday — Schmidt might not get a big league taste this year. However, nobody knows pitchers like other pitchers and Happ isn’t prone to making overstatements.

Special advisor CC Sabathia sat with GM Brian Cashman behind home plate for Monday night’s intrasquad game.

The Yankees didn’t deny or confirm a report that COVID-19 testers weren’t at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as scheduled, but Aaron Boone said the club is doing all it can to make the players’ environment safe.

“I don’t want to get into commenting on the testing each and every day about how many negatives, did we have any positives, what came in. I really don’t want to go down that road right now,’’ Boone said Monday via a Zoom call before the Yankees’ first intrasquad game at Yankee Stadium. “All I can say is we are working with Major League Baseball making sure that we are as safe as can be as expected in how we are conducting ourselves and I feel good about us being here.’’

Giancarlo Stanton believes the testing program has gone according to the way it was set up.

“I have gotten tested every other day. I can’t speak on that there wasn’t a tester here [Sunday]. I believe like everyone else that it has gone to protocol,’’ Stanton said.

Asked if DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa had to test negative twice at home before undergoing intake testing in New York prior to being cleared, Boone said, “I think there is a little more to it than that. There is a joint panel that has to sign off on things as well. There is obviously a couple of negative tests that have to happen and that has to be in conjunction with all the major league protocols.’’

Boone reiterated his confidence in the testing process.

“We are confident in the protocols we have in place. I know there were issues with the whole Fed Ex and the Fourth of July weekend. We also feel like nothing is perfect and nothing we do is perfect but we do feel like protocols we have in place are giving us the best chance to be safe,’’ Boone said. “Whether tests are rolling in on a daily basis every other day the fact of the matter is nothing is perfect and we are at risk every single day. If we have all negative tests that roll in today the reality is that was from two days ago. Each day we are here there is risk involved in that. That’s why, the best we can, we are trying to mitigate that. We have a good system set up in place to do that and hopefully over time it proves its mettle.’’

With a 60-game schedule in play for this season Boone is OK with putting a runner on second base to start an extra inning but will wait to decide if he would agree to make it a permanent change beyond this year.

“I think I am OK with the rule for this year. I certainly understand and am on board with it. I do think it tips the scales to favor the home team if you do get to an extra-inning scenario. I have a lot of our guys looking at it and trying to break it down and analyze it, see if there are any ways we can best exploit it from a tactical standpoint,’’ Boone said. “I am on board with as far as staying away from that enormously long game that every now and then happens.”

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Miguel Andujar could still end up at third base for Yankees

The Yankees hope Miguel Andujar develops into a versatile player who can fill a role that has become very popular among big-league teams.

However, don’t forget that Andujar started 132 games at third base in 2018 when he finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year race to the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who turns 26 on Sunday. Yes, there were questions defensively thanks to 15 errors and balls he didn’t get to, but Andujar hit .297 with 27 homers, 92 RBIs and posted a .855 OPS.

Andujar appeared in just 12 games last season due to a right shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery on May 20 and that opened the door for Gio Urshela, who posted career-highs at the plate and provided Gold Glove-caliber defense.

The combination of a 30-man roster for the opening two weeks of a 60-game schedule and the lack of many exhibition games during spring training 2.0 could lead to more action at third base for Andujar than might have been the case in March.

While Andujar showed Aaron Boone enough in limited outfield innings during the first spring training for the manager to believe the 25-year-old could contribute in left and right, third base remains an option because if healthy the Yankees have a bevy of outfielders.

“We know with Miggy we got a very good player, a guy who missed the bulk of last season but he came into spring training and showed us he was healthy, showed us a willingness to play a couple of positions because he wants to get in the lineup,” Boone said Monday on a conference call. “To me one of the really encouraging things in spring training for us in the first go-around is Miggy’s capability of playing the corner-outfield positions. I thought he took to it really well. I think it is something he could absolutely do, whether it be on a full-time basis or a part-time situation. As well, I feel he continually makes strides at third base.”

With Giancarlo Stanton likely the DH if the two-month season is played, and if Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge are healthy the Yankees also have Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman and Clint Frazier to play left and right fields. Trying to squeeze Andujar, who has never played the outfield in a regular-season big-league game, into the mix might be difficult, especially when every out counts.

And with nothing more than live batting practice thrown by Yankee pitchers starting Saturday at Yankee Stadium to evaluate, it’s possible Andujar could cut into Urshela’s playing time at third.

Based on a breakout 2019 when Urshela hit .314 with 21 homers, 74 RBIs and posted a .889 OPS he entered spring training in March as the starting third baseman. That likely hasn’t changed during the three-plus months since the coronavirus shut down MLB. However, Boone’s roster will have 30 spots instead of 26.

If Boone doesn’t want Andujar’s bat to go stale, third might be the best place to play him. While Andujar and Urshela, 28, have to prove 2018 and 2019, respectively, weren’t flukes, Urshela’s breakout season at the plate may have been a product of a baseball that jumped out of parks nightly.

A late-season slide in which he batted .205 (9-for-44) with two homers, six RBIs in his last 14 games was followed by a nine-game October in which Urshela hit .242 (8-for-33) with two homers and two RBIs.

Should Andujar wrestle playing time at third away from Urshela, Boone would then have the sure-handed Urshela to use as a late-inning defensive replacement.

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Nets raising NBA restart expectations despite decimated roster

The Nets’ roster might be decimated, but their confidence appears to be just fine. They’re not managing expectations, but raising them.

Despite the fact they will depart for Disney on Tuesday missing a huge chunk of their firepower, some young Nets are putting on a brave face about their chances in an NBA restart they’ll tip off July 31 against the Magic. Like, knocking-off-the-champs brave.

“I think we have to be in the playoffs for sure,” Rodions Kurucs said Monday in a Zoom call.

“First round, if we are the seventh seed, we’re going to go against Toronto probably. We definitely have a chance. We’ve been competing with that team, and I definitely think we can beat them in Round 1, go to Round 2, and then we will see from there who we are facing.”

Sure, neither Brooklyn nor Orlando want any part of having to deal with NBA-leading Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs; but the shorthanded Nets may have their hands full even limping into the postseason, much less knocking off the defending champs.

Brooklyn is bereft of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Nic Claxton, while Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19.

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Jarrett AllenCorey Sipkin

“We can accomplish as much as we want,” Jarrett Allen said. “Obviously we don’t have damn near half of our team. [But] we can go out there and do what Brooklyn has been known to do when we’ve been faced with adversity: Play our hardest and play with a bunch of grit.”

They’re going to need all that grit, especially if Dinwiddie can’t play.

The Nets are clinging to a precarious half-game lead over Orlando for the seventh seed in the East. They’re six games clear of ninth-place Washington, and are 0-4 versus the Magic and Wizards, who they’ll face in their first two games.

“I’m pretty confident in our team,” Dzanan Musa said. “I think we have the quality to keep up with that seventh seed.

“The first game will be important for us. We’re playing in Orlando. They’re not traveling too much, they’re right there; they’re kind of in their environment. But we will attack them and I hope we will present ourselves in the best way and get that seventh seed.”

The Nets have the fourth-easiest schedule in the so-called seeding games, but they’re just 10-12 against the teams they’ll face. And Orlando’s slate is even more forgiving, the third-softest.

After opening up against Orlando and Washington, the Nets will face Milwaukee and East No. 3 Boston. Then they play Sacramento, the West No. 2 seed Clippers, and Orlando again before wrapping up against Portland.

The Nets face three teams in the top 4 of the overall NBA standings (Bucks, Raptors, Clippers), while Orlando faces just one (Toronto). And if Washington can claw within four games of the eighth seed, they would force a play-in tourney for the last playoff spot.

It’s obvious why beating Orlando in the restart and again on Aug. 11 is so important — if the Nets have designs on the playoffs.

“Orlando, coming into the stretch of the season had been playing extremely well. I think they’re more healthy than us right now as a team,” said interim coach Jacque Vaughn. “That’s where it’s going to be extremely important for us to try to jell as quickly as possible.”

Vaughn wasn’t just talking up the Magic. They not only have one of the easier slates, but should get back big man Jonathan Isaac and be completely healthy. The Nets are anything but.

Still, missing the playoffs wouldn’t be catastrophic long term. The Nets own the 76ers’ first-round pick, and if they fall into the lottery, they would retain their own pick (slated for Minnesota).

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I’m Officially Rooting For a Bugsy And Alex Romance on ‘Below Deck Med’

No show does romance as well as Below Deck Mediterranean. There, I said it!

Aside from Hannah and Chef Ben’s little flirtation in Season 1, it was the Season 2 love triangle between Chef Adam, Malia, and Wes that really took things to the next level for the Bravo series. Season 3 blessed us with my favorite relationship of the franchise so far, that between Hannah and Conrad which came crumbling down over cigarettes, all while Joao was ensuring his love triangle with both stews Brooke and Kasey stayed as pointy as ever. Season 4 gave us the weird sweetness of Aesha and Jack, and now Season 5 is giving us three couples of varying degrees of intrigue. For some strange reason, the show is keeping us updated on the weird text flirtation between deckhand Pete and former second stew Lara, a relationship I couldn’t have less interest in, even if those two deserve each other. Jess and Rob are also heating up, but something tells me they will just as quickly come crashing down. Which is why I’m officially, fully rooting for Alex and Bugsy to be this season’s star romance.

It was clear that the deckhand had a lil crush on the new second stew during her first full day on the boat, as he found himself blushing while she was hard at work creating one of her signature tablescapes. But in the latest episode, the flirting was taken up a notch. The two sat next to each other during a group dinner on their night off, already a good sign, and when asked what they were discussing, Alex said in his interview, “It’s kind of a blur to me what we were kind of talking about.” It probably didn’t help much that they both went on to get hammered that night, and after putting his arm around her during the car ride home, found themselves frolicking in the very chilly hot tub.

Despite the fact that they didn’t turn the heat on in the water, they kept warm with their words when he leaned in to tell her, “We are low-key, like, in love, you can fight it, it’s fine.” The two even felt comfortable enough with each other for her to point out his “shrinkage” once emerging from the cold water. The two swapped drunken goodnight words, with Alex even awkwardly kissing Bugsy on the head (per her request!) before retreating to his own bunk.

Here’s why I’m fully here for this pairing: it just feels so cute. All relationships come with drama, but this one feels like it might be tolerable drama, as there’s certainly enough of the anger-inducing drama elsewhere on the boat (looking at you, Pete’s disgusting DTF talk). Plus, this relationship would benefit everyone on the boat. For Bugsy, it would be a nice distraction and one that would have her worrying less about her work relationship with Hannah. For Alex, it would help him to ignore Pete’s dumb jokes and likely keep his distance from the fellow deckhand, considering Bugsy has made her feelings towards him quite clear — and she’s unimpressed at best. This should allow Alex to focus on being a good dude to keep her attention.

And the chances of this boatmance setting sail? Pretty good! As Bugsy told Decider recently, “An interesting thing for me is I’m a lot more open to romance on a boat. Open to that, if anything’s going to come from that. Trying to balance work and romance, which is something I’ve always been against. But I’m being kind of open to it this season.” She said the reason that she even entertained the idea this time was that as a second stew she had “a lot less responsibility” and therefore thought, “why not have a little bit of fun with it?” Have a lot of fun with it Bugsy, because that’s what we want to see!

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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Only known jointly signed pic of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump costs $32,500

Proving that even an international crisis can prove profitable for some opportunists — a rare picture of President Donald Trump and Russian premier Vladimir Putin shaking hands at the Helsinki summit in 2018, and signed by both world leaders, is for sale at a price $32,500.

The pair look pally at the summit, after which Trump reportedly sided with Russia over the FBI, contradicting US intelligence agencies by saying there had been no reason for Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Trump said at the time, “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Well, evidence gathered by special counsel Robert Mueller told a different story. The photo was first signed by Putin for a Russian government employee shortly after the summit. Then, through an intermediary, the Russian sent it to a US Republican insider who asked Trump to sign it at an event last year. It is the only known jointly signed photo of the two leaders, and is for sale at

The picture is particularly pertinent given the current Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence fiasco, which has prompted Democrats to bash Trump. “I believe that the president is not close to tough enough on Vladimir Putin,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. And CNN has described calls between Putin and Trump as “two guys in a steam bath.”

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Trump rejects Hispanic Caucus plea to disinvite Mexico’s president

President Trump on Monday rejected a request from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he cancel his meeting  Wednesday with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Trump denied the request in a handwritten message scrawled on top of a press release from Democratic caucus members.

“CHC – Thank you for your very nice letter. He is my friend and a wonderful man. I look forward to meeting with the president — will be good + important for both Mexico + the USA,” Trump wrote.

The response was sent to caucus chairman Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas).

Castro last week led a dozen fellow caucus Democrats — including New York’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — to ask Trump to cancel on Lopez Obrador.

Lopez Obrador should be uninvited because the visit “is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the coronavirus crisis and your failure to lead an adequate response to the pandemic,” the Democrats wrote to Trump.

The pandemic is “decimating Latino communities,” they wrote.

“Furthermore, any meeting with the President of Mexico should include an explanation to why the Pentagon is keeping as many as 4,000 troops at the border,” the Democrats said.

Castro is the brother of failed Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro.

Lopez Obrador, in office since 2018, is a veteran of leftist politics and often is compared to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. He plans to fly commercial to DC.

It will be the second visit by a world leader since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Polish President Andrzej Duda visited last month.

Lopez Obrador last week brushed off Trump’s past condemnation of crime linked to Mexican illegal immigrants and his vow to make Mexico pay for his border wall.

“There has been respect from President Donald Trump toward our government,” the Mexican president told reporters. “There has been a relationship of mutual respect; I won’t say more. Even President Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexico has been more respectful than how he expressed himself before, something we are very grateful to him for.”

Although a Mexican leader has not yet visited Trump in the White House, candidate Trump visited Mexico at the invitation of then-President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2016. A televised press conference was relatively sedate and drew few protesters.

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Trolls pose as Eric Adams to report parking abuse to 311

Someone is trolling Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams by posing as him while calling in 311 reports for illegally parked cars.

A 311 report obtained by the Post shows that an “Eric Adams” using the same cell phone number as the 2021 city mayoral candidate filed a complaint on Sunday at 2:47 p.m. against an apparent cop using a city-issued parking placard to illegally block a fire hydrant in Brooklyn with an SUV.

The caller stated that a Honda CR-V with a placard from the NYPD in its windshield was parked in front of a fire hydrant on Nevins Street between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, according to the 311 report.

The park job happened just over a half-mile away from Brooklyn Borough Hall.

But the borough president — who has made excuses for his own staff’s questionable parking — claims he didn’t make the report.

“Someone is playing a hoax by making a call to 311 and using my well-known phone number as the source of the complaint,” Adams told The Post Monday.

Adams added, “I did not observe any police car blocking a hydrant” and “I never called 311.”

The politician said that the incident makes him “concerned that the 311 system would place a person’s number in their system without verifying such.”

Adams said a 311 rep phoned him Sunday night about the report “and I made it clear to them that I made no complaint and someone is playing a hoax.”

Last year, the City Council approved a plan to crackdown on widespread placard abuse.

But Adams has been accused of being soft on placard abuse.

In a town hall meeting in September, he said that if other city officials get to abuse the parking perks, he should too, Brooklyn Paper reported.

“I fought my entire life to make sure men that look like me don’t have different rules than anyone else,” Adams said, according to the outlet. “There’s one rule in this city, there’s not going to be a rule just for Eric Adams, the first African-American borough president.”

In August, Adams lashed out on social media when a user accused him of taking a weak stance on placard abuse.

“It’s a sad day in Brooklyn when our own borough president @BPEridAdams is too scared to say that it’s wrong for the police to park in a TURNING LANE,” the critic wrote on Twitter, according to Brooklyn Paper. “That shouldn’t be a bold statement in 2019.”

Adams responded to the anonymous jab by comparing the critic to the KKK.

“Not sure of what you are talking about but the greatest level of fear is reflected in people who hide their faces while throwing insults,” he wrote in the Aug. 27 tweet. “My life work speaks of my courage. Your hidden face is in the tradition of others who hid themselves with white hoods.”